Galen D. Stucky is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and in the Materials Department, and a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. He is an inorganic/materials chemist recognized for his contributions to the functional design and syntheses of material systems based on biosystem/inorganic interfaces, organic/inorganic interfaces, and the bottom-up hierarchical length scale assembly of composite systems with integrated nano/mesoscale component properties and structure. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University in 1962. Following postdoctoral work with C. G. Shull at M.I.T., he held positions at the University of Illinois, Sandia National Laboratory, and DuPont Central Research and Development before joining the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985.

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Research interests include the molecular creation and assembly of nano/mesoscale components into composite macroscale systems; the conversion of stranded natural gas into petrochemicals and fuels; the chemistry associated with the efficient utilization of energy resources; inorganic system interface control and definition of the trajectory of biosystem processes such as the blood-clotting cascade; and, understanding Nature's routes to organic/inorganic bio assembly. We have developed inorganic and hybrid materials at the interface of soft and hard matter that display functions of interest to applications ranging from catalysis to bio labels and drug delivery, to blood-coagulation. The latter includes the identification and development of a low cost, inorganic hemostatic agent for point of care therapeutic treatment of external arterial bleeding that was designated in 2008 as standard issue by the United States military medical command, and after more than ten years in the field is still the agent of choice for all uniformed services and for first responder civilian use in the United States.

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Section 14: Chemistry